[Marxism] People Say I'm Crazy

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Wed May 5 16:21:10 MDT 2004

  Amen Rachel!

  The common myth peddled by psychiatry is that medications are 
the wonder cures of so-called "mental illness". Along these lines, I 
was encouraged by a psychiatrist to take medications after being 
diagnosed with "depression". The so-called anti depressants 
caused me to develop a chronic neurological disorder called 
Spasmodic Tortocollis. The disorder leads to involuntary 
movements in my neck to the point that it becomes  difficult to 
maintain my balance and walk let alone do any activity that 
requires steadiness. When I was 17, the symptoms of the 
tortocollis got so bad that I did not leave my bed for 3/4 of the year. 
Consequently, I dropped out of high school and lost contact with 
many of my friends. I had to be bathed and fed by my mother and I 
was forced to take heavy dosages of anti parkisonian medications 
and muscle relaxants to lessen the symptoms. My complete 
reliance on medications continued for about 7 years.  

 I continue to have persistent neck pain and stiffness most of the 
year. I have to undergo constant physio-therapy and rely on 
periodic injections of botox just to keep the symptoms of the 
tortocollis at a manageable level. Because the disorder is chronic, 
it means that the symptoms will alway return. So unless a cure for 
the disorder is found,  I will have to deal with this problem for the 
rest of my life.  

The whole notion that 'psychiatric' medications invariably lessen 
symptoms of so-called mental illness -- which in reality are 
behaviours that break with societal norms -- is a page taken out of 
the major psychiatric journals and based more on faith for a dogma 
than reality. Whether or not some people find psychiatric 
medications helpful, just like cocaine (which incidentally Ritalin, a 
drug used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder, is essentially identical 
to) they invariably do damage to the body and brain. They often 
time lead to tremendous dependency and have been credited with 
causing tremendous suffering for many of its recipients -- 
deteriotation of physical health as well as mood swings and 
suicidal tendencies and even death. 

 Anyone interested in learning more about so-called psychiatric 
medications shoud check out the authors  mentioned by Rachel. I 
would add to the list: David Cohen. I believe he works out of the 
Uni. of Florida and whose research dispells the myth that anti 
psychotic drugs used to "treat" so-called schizophrenia are 
overwhelmingly effective; more often, Cohen shows, they cause 
tremendous harm for the intended recipients. 

Another dispeller of psychiatry myths who writes on the hazards of 
anti-depressants is Doctor Ann Tracey,
She maintains a website at: http://www.drugawareness.org


Date sent:      	Wed, 5 May 2004 13:41:17 -0700 (PDT)
From:           	"Rachel Mendoza" <aka at cts.com>

> It should be noted that John Nash never took drugs to get "better." He was
> institutionalized against his will. However, Hollywood insisted on adding a
> fictional line to Nash's award peace: something to the effect of: "they have
> me on the latest medication."
> I also wonder about the slave morality with so-called "mental illness."
> According to his website, Cadigan says: "Stop drinking alcohol and using
> drugs that aren't prescribed—they interfere with medication and make
> recovery almost impossible"
> The message: only modern medicine and the profit driven pill makers will
> save you. Although, I seriously doubt Cadigan designed this website himself.
> Cadigan needs to be empowered by the works of Peter Breggin, Thomas Szasz,
> and others. These ridiculous labels such as schizophrenia and depression
> have no place in a doctor's office. The label enslaves. Pfizer and Eli Lilly
> do not operate out of love. Thus, their products should not be considered
> worthy in any realm.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
> > "People Say I'm Crazy" is a spare but effective documentary about what 
> > it means to be a schizophrenic. Dispensing with the kind of melodrama 
> > (and dubious medical science) at work in the far more ambitious "A 
> > Beautiful Mind", it retains the same kind of inspirational value as it 
> > tells the story of John Cadigan, a young artist.
> > 
> > Like so many others, Madigan experienced his first psychotic break while 
> > in college. As an art major at Carnegie-Mellon, he found himself 
> > cowering in his room just like John Nash at Princeton. As was the case 
> > with Nash, recovery was as much the result of support from friends and 
> > family as it was with medication.

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